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Physician assistant shortage looms in Iowa

By The Gazette  
   November 19, 2018

Iowa’s rural demography and shortage of primary care doctors, especially in smaller towns, has patients heavily reliant on physician assistants — a pool of providers facing a growing threat: age. New University of Iowa research shows 29 percent of Iowa’s 873 physician assistants in 2015 were over 50 and nearing retirement age, up from just 11 percent a decade earlier.

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